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This 1989 Proton Saga Wins UK’s ‘Festival Of The Unexceptional’ That Celebrates Mundane Classic Cars


Proton Saga Black Knight And Winners.
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One win for a Proton Saga, a giant leap for all Proton Saga owners!

The UK is one country that has somewhat overcome the pandemic and residents are back to their normal lives. Recently, automobile lovers celebrated the Hagerty’s Festival Of The Unexceptional at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire.

The Hagerty’s Festival Of The Unexceptional is known to celebrate “the ordinary, maligned and unloved cars of the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.”

What caught the attention of many, especially Malaysians, is the winner of this year’s Concours de l’Ordinare competition.

People And Cars In A Festival

The festival was attended by more than 3,000 people and more than 50 participators took part in the Concours de l’Ordinare competition. The main rule of this competition is straightforward. Only vehicles registered between 1966 – 1996 would be accepted and originality was the main focus. In other words, the more mundane your car is, the chances for you to win are highly likely!

And the winner of this year’s competition? A 1989 Proton (Saga) 1.5GL Black Knight Edition!

Proton Saga Black Knight And 2 Men Pose Beside It

That’s right, a 1989 Proton Saga emerged at the top spot beating 49 other cars!

The Black Knight Edition of the Proton Saga (known as just Proton in The UK) was exported to the UK three decades ago. The current owner, 30-year-old Jon Coupland who is younger than the car itself, bought the vehicle in 2019. The first owner of the car kept the vehicle in the garage since 1993 after falling ill. At that time, the car only clocked in a mileage of around 3,600 miles, which is equivalent to 5,794 kilometres before being sold to the second owner in 2017.

Before it was sold to Jon himself, the car was driven for another 10,000 miles (16,093 kilometres). Despite being an old car, the Proton Saga was in mint condition and was very well taken care of.

A Group Of People Standing With Their Own Vintage Cars

Proton Saga Black Knight 03

Jon, a car enthusiast since he was a kid, also claimed that his Proton Saga Black Knight is the sole survivor that remains in this world, according to engear.tv.

Proton only sold 201 units of the Black Knight edition since it was manufactured. Ironically, despite the name, the car doesn’t appear in full black colour, but more of a gunmetal grey. It is almost similar to the ordinary 1.5GL Proton Saga, but Black Knight has the “luxury” of unique hubcap (rim covers), special body stickers, and spoilers!

Proton Saga Black Knight Side Proton Saga Black Knight Steering Wheel Grey

Well, it’s certainly a proud moment for Malaysians to see a vintage Proton Saga win an award overseas. So kids, don’t underestimate our local cars. Proton Saga power!

What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments below!


Also read : 27yo Malaysian Explains Why Driving An Old Proton Saga Is Better Than Buying A New Car

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